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How does "virus been detected" on android pop up on chrome when visiting some sites?

In short: Nothing to worry about, unless you have downloaded an app suggested by the pop-up. In More detail: It's an old issue. You visit a normal website, and suddenly you see pop-ups telling you ...
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How do I get rid of two "viruses"?

Don't worry. These are fake virus scanners. They try to scare you by making you think your device is infected. If you can't exit out of them simply close the browser tab you opened them in. And if ...
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A pop-up was on my screen and said I had a virus!

Congrats! You won 10 bottles of snake oil if you're lucky. Honestly: this has two very clear indicators of being scam: There are no viruses on Android. And even if there were, how should that ...
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4 viruses on my phone?? Is this message legit?

It is phishing site, I've just had the same on my Samsung S7, All I did was cleared my chrome browser history and closed all opened pages! Doubled check with a free Avast antivirus run a scan and ...
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Pros and cons of rooting using apps ("Soft Root") compared to other methods ("Hard Root")

There are a few advantages to rooting using the official process. It's officially supported on many phones. This means you can use a process that's documented by the manufacturer, and tools from an ...
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Pros and cons of rooting using apps ("Soft Root") compared to other methods ("Hard Root")

Thanks to AndrewT who posted a link on chat, having this research paper as a refernce in one of the answers. This answer is entirely based on the this paper (May 2015) and highlights common user ...
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"Warning - You only have to install a Great App to get your phone fully functioned." Keeps popping up

I went through this same problem. Here is the solution: First boot to safe mode: Press the power button. A Power Off popup will show. Long press the Power Off popup. It will ask if you if you want ...
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I see repeated annoying pop-up messages claiming I have viruses. When I click "Remove Virus", I'm sent to the Google Play store. What should I do?

Visit a different site (and avoid this one in the future). That's a fake warning wanting to trick you into some download. Definitely do NOT hit that button labeled "Remove virus now" – if you do that, ...
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Is it a Virus? : " HTMLViewer "

HTML Viewer is not a virus and you shouldn't be alarmed. Actually it is a core application in most android versions (It's also present on my device running android 4) HTML viewer (as the name suggests)...
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For basic users - Any reason to install mobile security App?

tl:dr Yes, you need such apps and more a wholistic approach Breaking down the possible threats (simplistically) : 1.Viruses: They don't exist on Android. See Is an antivirus really needed for ...
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Blank Text Message from random number - is it a virus?

Is it possible that this is a virus? Of course it is possible. Technology is beat. But what actually matters is whether if it is probable or not. A text message (if it is an SMS) has to travel ...
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"Warning - You only have to install a Great App to get your phone fully functioned." Keeps popping up

I had this exact issue, along with a lock screen that appeared whenever I started charging (blue background with bubbles). The charging screen went away when I uninstalled Flash Keyboard, and I haven'...
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Why does Android have antivirus apps while iOS does not?

Even if Apple allows Antivirus on the App Store, they won't be able to do much. Each iOS app is lives in a Sandobox and can't access other apps and services. iOS apps can't run forever in a background ...
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How do I know 360 Security antivirus app really works?

First, That app is shit ! Second, It does nothing but clearing junk and cache of the apps on your device. It will always prompt you with ads and unwanted bullshit. There is no such thing as virus ...
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Unknown file type containing a virus

File extensions tend to be present only as mnemonics for the user to quickly identify a file, and for software to filter out incompatible files prior to loading and opening them. The latter explains ...
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Can my father's smartphone be compromised?

The correct approach in case of a virus/malware infected device (even if it already had been clean-up by e.g. Google) is to totally erase the device (user and system data) by performing a factory ...
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Can my father's smartphone be compromised?

Android is a minefield for trojans, adware and viruses. Your android phone can be compromised from the moment it comes out of the box (most of mine are) (depends generally on where purchased and what ...
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An Android phone on my network keeps connecting to a malicious site

It sounds like the phone is infected by some kind of malware. You could do a factory reset to try to get rid of it. Doing a factory reset will remove all data (photos, sms, files, apps etc)! Don't ...
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How to prevent phone to install bloatware automatically

Looks like malware in your phone is pre-installed by manufacturer. It's better to install another ROM. You may check here which one owners of your device recommend.
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How does Avast Anti-theft Survive a hard reset

Hello I have been the author of Theft Aware, the core technology that later become Avast Anti Theft (my company was acquired). Yes it was possible to survive a hard reset, on rooted devices. I even ...
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Do antivirus apps detect malware apps?

Android doesn't need anti virus (unlike Windows) but of course it is vulnerable to malware and Trojans. See Is an antivirus really needed for Android? So the so called anti virus apps have to block ...
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A pop-up was on my screen and said I had a virus!

If you're referring to the the pop-up with the (fake) countdown timer on it, which I've seen before, then just know that it doesn't have malware, and neither do any other pop-ups. They're just pieces ...
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I see repeated annoying pop-up messages claiming I have viruses. When I click "Remove Virus", I'm sent to the Google Play store. What should I do?

STEP 1: Uninstall the malicious app from your Android phone Android phone will get infected with viruses from a malicious app that is installed on the smartphones. In this first step, we will try to ...
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Remove preinstalled malicious software from smartphone

To remove or freeze pre-order installed apps you need to root your device - without rooting you cannot uninstall system apps (those that came bundled with the OS ) Use this guide to root Install ...
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How to disable integrated Avast antivirus inside EMUI 5.0 (Android 7.0)?

I don't think it is possible , given the fact that it is integrated into the phone manager application, and is also a system application. I also have a Huawei tablet (EMUI 1.6) which also has a ...
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How can I remove viruses?

Like above ... If the file is persistent or un-deletable (usually the associated binary files under system > bin) You need to use a Chattr first .. busybox chattr -ia /system/bin/viralFile and ...
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Can Factory Reset delete a virus?

If the app has installed itself as a system app, then no, factory reset will not remove it. It will just wipe it's data, but it will start installing again, after you boot your phone up. You will ...
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4 viruses on my phone?? Is this message legit?

The Four Viruses is just a scam… Do NOT click OK and/or Repair Now. Instead, press your Home button and then navigate to: Apps —> Settings —> Applications —> Application Manager and then scroll down ...
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4 viruses on my phone?? Is this message legit?

It's just a phishing website and it is totally normal if you are seeing this.These kind of websites generally pops up when you are trying to download something (songs,apks etc) and you can't actually ...
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I installed and executed this app which is a virus or malware now what to do?

You became a victim of a typical phishing scam. The problem at this point may or may not be severe, depending upon the state of SELinux enforcement in your device and un-patched known vulnerabilities ...
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